Care Leavers

What is a Care Leaver?

“The legal definition of a care leaver is a person who has been in care for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14, including some point at the age of 16 or 17.
Most institutions offer support for care leavers, but some institutions also offer support to ‘care-experienced’ students who have experience of care but who are not covered by this definition.”

(quoted from

Supporting Student Carers

How to Inspire and Encourage Care Leavers to Consider College or University as an Option:
A Guide for Teachers, Parents and Carers

UCAS - Inspiring and Supporting Young People in Care to go on to Higher Education:
Ten Essentials for Supporting People in Care

UCAS - Advice for Care Leavers:
Supporting Care Leavers Toolkit

Supporting Care Leavers in Higher Education (Webinar):
This webinar is aimed at staff supporting children in care and care leavers in their school, college or local authority.
National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL)

Potential Barriers for Care Leavers

Watch the following video (approx. 3.5 minutes long) to hear the views and perspectives of over 200 University students, with care experience.

Pathways to University from Care

Financial Support

Care Leavers are eligible for extra financial support from Universities, which is usually non-repayable in the form of a grant. Students should check with their University choices to find out more.

Care Leavers Experiences of Higher Education

Watch the videos below to hear about different Care Leavers experiences of University:

BBC - Care Leavers at Uni
(approx. 8 mins long)

Uni Connect Role Models Video - Care Experienced Students
(approx. 4.5 mins long